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What to know about legalized marijuana sales in Massachusetts

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First recreational pot shops opened on November 20

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Marijuana for sale in Las Vegas in May 2018.
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On November 20, 2018, the first recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts commenced sales—in Northampton and Leicester—finishing a decriminalization process that began at the ballot box in November 2016.

Here are the key things to know about legalized recreational pot sales in Massachusetts:

Is it legal? Yes, in much the same way that it’s legal to sell alcohol. Residents at least 21 years of age can possess and consume marijuana. Those under 21 caught with the drug face civil fines and the prospect of mandated drug-awareness classes.

If you really want to get into the, um, weeds of the law, you can review the full state mandate regarding “regulation of the use and distribution of marijuana not medically prescribed.”

Okay, then where can I buy it? At any licensed marijuana retailer. Here’s a handy guide.

And how much can I buy? You can be in possession of up to an ounce of marijuana outside of the home, and up to 10 ounces inside the home. Also, you can always grow it if need be. A resident may grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use. If more than one adult lives in a household, the allowable number doubles to 12.

Anything else I should know? Recreational marijuana in Massachusetts is best consumed at home, basically—and then only if your home allows it (i.e., check with your condo board or your landlord).

Otherwise, pot smoking remains illegal in public in Massachusetts and really illegal in places such as schools, in cars (especially if you’re the driver), and university campuses. It’s also still illegal under federal law, so don’t tempt fate by toking up outside of post offices, near or inside national monuments, etc.